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GV holds faculty forums to discuss service hours

more often than others. Kristine Mullendore, prorand Valley State Uni- fessor of criminal justice and versity held its second former chair of the UAS, said faculty forum to dis- the idea that 10 percent of the cuss what service means to people in many businesses the university and how it can doing 90 percent of the work be accurately defined and could be applied to universities and committee work, as well. measured. “I’ve always been involved Around 20 faculty members came and went during in faculty governance and the two-hour period on Tues- other kinds of service, too, day. The first meeting, which and I think the university values it, but the had around 30 distribution of attendees, was the work—it’s held Oct. 25. no different than “I think it’s any other orgajust important nization,” Multo hear from the’s just lendore said. faculty before we important to Paul Plotmake any changkowski, dean of es,” said Karen hear from the the Padnos ColGipson, chair of faculty... lege of Engineerthe University ing and ComputAcademic Sen- KAREN GIPSON ing, offered his ate. “(The point UAS CHAIR observation of of the forum) is why the forums to try to make faculty aware before we make changes were important. “We are in a time of finite rather than after. Faculty who are involved in faculty resources and infinite degovernance know the issues mand,” Plotkowski said. “We that have been going on, but have people, ranging from that’s a very small portion of our students to our commuthe faculty. So faculty who are nities and beyond, asking us not aware of what’s going on to do wonderful things. The in faculty governance need a hardest thing for most of us is to say no, internally or exchance to catch up.” Holding a position on a ternally.” Part of the motivation university committee is a big part of how service is defined behind the conversation reat GVSU. However, some committees tend to meet SEE FORUM ON A2 BY RYAN JARVI




Oh shoot: Senior Rob Woodson steals the ball past Michigan State University’s Gary Harris. The Lakers lost 101-52 against the Spartans, losing their lead sooner than exprected in an exhibition game at the Breslin Center.

GV CAN’T HOLD ON Lakers lose to Spartans 101-52 at Breslin Center BY BRYCE DEROUIN SPORTS@LANTHORN.COM


ichigan State University’s Branden Dawson’s block ignited the fast break, and Gary Harris found Matt Costello, who finished the alley-oop with an emphatic dunk for the first points of the game.

The two highlight-reel worthy plays to start the contest foreshadowed what was to come, as the Spartans defeated the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team 101-52. “I think that might be the best team I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” said GVSU head coach Ric Wesley. “They’re strong at

every position. They have size, they have quickness and athletic ability.” For a little more than 11 minutes, the GVSU men’s basketball team held its own against the No. 2 team in the country. SEE BASKETBALL ON A8

Bicycle permits prevent larceny BY CARLY SIMPSON

Aug. 26, and of these, 13 were preventable. t Grand Valley State “A great deal of the time, University, bicycles have bikes are stolen on campus bebecome a major mode cause the owner hasn’t locked of transportation for many it,” said Julie Carbine, dispatch people. The whir of tires mixed coordinator for the Grand Valwith a satisfying crunch as they ley Police Department. “And ride over fallen leaves can be most stolen bikes aren’t regisheard across campus. tered. We’re still trying to reach In fall 2011, there were 255 out to that group. If something registered bicycles on cam- happens, it offers another way pus. Now, there are about 400. to identify your bike. It is peace These numbers only offer an of mind. The permit doesn’t estimate, though, as many expire. There is no reason not students do not to register your register their bibike.” cycles, said Capt. Thieves are Brandon Dealso cutting Haan, assistant through cable director of the The permit is locks, Carbine Department of helpful as a said. The U-lock Public Safety. is the best deter“It is not a re- deterrent for rent. It reduces quirement; how- theft. the space availever we encourable to insert a age everyone to BRANDON DEHAAN crowbar and limdo so,” DeHaan GVPD CAPTAIN its the amount of said. “When a leverage that can bike is registered, important be used to break open a lock. information is kept on file at GVPD is also on the lookthe police department, includ- out for bicycles parked in ing the serial number. If the non-designated areas such as bike is stolen, we can put this sidewalks, or locked to trees or important information into a fences. national computer for law en“Our attention is focused forcement.” on improperly parked bicycles Once a bike is registered, in the academic area,” DeHaan the police department will said. “There are a number of send a permit to the owner. bike racks around campus. “The permit is helpful as a The university recognizes that deterrent for theft,” DeHaan sometimes those racks are full said. “Thieves are less likely to and is working on identifysteal a bike if they are aware ing places for more. However, the serial number has been students shouldn’t be blocking recorded and can be traced by handicap ramps or egresses in the police.” case of an emergency.” According to the 2013 AnBicycles parked in undesnual Fire Safety and Security ignated areas will be tagged. Report, GVSU has seen an After seven days it will be imincrease in reported larceny- pounded; however students theft crimes by about 10 per- will not be fined. If the bicycle cent from 2010 to 2012. Larce- is not claimed after 90 days it ny-theft is the most commonly will be donated to a charitable reported crime at the univer- organization. sity, with 142 reports last year. To register a bicycle, visit This year, DeHaan said 19 bicycles have been stolen since




It never gets old: Lynn Blue, vice provost and dean of academic services and information technology, continues her 45-year tenure with Grand Valley State University. Blue is one of two employees celebrating 45 years at the school.

Celebrating a legacy GV recognizes first employees to reach 45 years of service

IsHak has also witnessed GVSU’s evolution over the years, the least of which includes the name—going from “college” to rand Valley State University has many faculty and “university.” staff who have worked for the university for many “The name was GVSC—‘C’ for college that changed later to years. For the first time in GVSU history, several colleges—then only GVS and finally to university,” he said. “I enstaff members will be recognized for 45 years of service. joyed being interviewed by first president James Zumberge and “When I started, it was a very small school, and then it the challenge of initiating new programs and courses—the promgot a little bigger and a little bigger so every ten years or so it ise of contributing to creating a new institution.” seemed like a whole new school,” said Lynn Blue, However, IsHak has a very different opinion than vice provost and dean of academic services and Blue on GVSU’s growth over the years. information technology. IsHak said the biggest changes he’s seen at the Both Blue and Samir IsHak, professor of manuniversity are “changing the basic orientation of agement and international business, have worked One of the the university from exclusively liberal arts to profor GVSU for 45 years and have seen the univerfessional education, the mushrooming of programs biggest sity grow drastically over this time. beyond control, the massive bureaucracy and top “There were only 1,000 students when I changes I’ve administrators, the loss of intimacy and knowing first started working here,” Blue said. “We went each other as faculty, the dispersion of buildings through a recession and a time when they were seen is size. and faculty to the point that we do not know each going to turn us into a prison.” other even in the same unit, (and) the unplanned LYNN BLUE Blue added that GVSU has expanded more VICE PROVOST growth and attending problems, to name a few.” than she thought was possible when she first came to the university. A VISION FOR THE FUTURE “One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is size. The virtual size of Blue and IsHak also had very different opinions on how the student body is huge, and there was no thought of a Holland they hope to see GVSU change in future years. or Grand Rapids campus, or Traverse City,” she said. “The reach “I hope it’s just as fine a school as it is today,” Blue said. is so much different now. (GVSU was) a rather small school and “That’s our niche and that’s what makes us different from othin the beginning was never intended to be a major university.” BY SARAH HILLENBRAND ASSOCIATE@LANTHORN.COM






FORUM CONTINUED FROM A1 garding service is a restructuring of how faculty members define the scope of their work and prioritize tasks to be completed. “We have to try and say,‘Okay to do A, I might not be able to do B,’” Plotkowski said. “To do this, we might have to be more efficient at that. Are the structures we’re using really producing the results we want, or are they just burning time? Are we creating work for ourselves that we don’t need to?’” With many faculty members working more than 40


hours each week, examining when we are doing service, it the structures used through- is meaningful to the univerout the university, such as in sity’s mission.” faculty commitWhether tees, is another advising and way to streammentoring stuline service redents should quirements and be considered be more produc- Are we service was antive. question creating work other “I think that’s discussed at the some of the mo- that we don’t forum, which tivation behind need to? also included the the conversaissue of how to tion,” Plotkows- PAUL PLOTKOWSKI assess and keep ki said. “Let’s PADNOS COLLEGE DEAN track of faculty do what we do service hours. well, let’s pick Mark Hoffand choose what we can and man, director of the School can’t take on, let’s structure of Public, Nonprofit and ourselves in a way, so that Health Administration, said

he worried that if the university moved toward a rigid point system of recording service hours, particularly with advising, student frustration may be a result. “I worry that instead of a cooperative endeavor to make sure our students are being advised collectively, that it would turn into just this bean counting of what I do with my advisees and that would be worse,” he said. “Because I want the student to get help when they come and they need help.” Hoffman said he wants a collaborative culture where students can find help from any faculty member rather

Finding support in unlikely places

Student survives cancer with help of personal blog BY CLAIRE FODELL ASSISTANTNEWS@ LANTHORN.COM

When Grand Valley State University student Lauren Wagner was diagnosed with cancer in November 2010, she wasn’t sure where to look for advice. “I was in my dorm in Niemeyer, sitting there. It was 2:30 in the morning, I was Googling my illness and trying to figure out what to do, where to go, anything, really,” Wagner said. Amid all the horror stories on the Internet of chemotherapy symptoms and other issues that come with cancer, Wagner found someone she could relate to. “I came across another girl who had video-recorded her adventure, and she kind of just rambled in her videos

and it was like I found myself in those videos,” Wagner said. “I could feel her emotions.” Watching someone else in her position being so open and honest about it inspired Wagner to start posting YouTube videos about her battle with the disease. Wagner’s journey began during family weekend her freshman year when she found a bump just above her collarbone. Assuming it wasn’t anything serious, Wagner’s mother told her to wait at least a week to see if the bump would go away. A week later, Wagner noticed the bump had grown. She traveled back to her hometown of Clarkston, Mich., to see her family doctor. The last weekend of October, 2010, the doctor told

Wagner that instead of re- round of chemotherapy, her turning to school on Monday first new haircut and wig, to she would be seeing an on- her being cancer free for a cologist to get the bump test- whole year. ed for cancer. By Nov. 18, she Documenting all the was officially highs and lows of diagnosed with her journey was stage 2 Hodgnot only an outlet kin’s Lymphofor Wagner, but ma. it gave her extra “In two or In two or three encouragement, three weeks my weeks, my life outside of what life was turned she received from upside down,” was turned her close friends Wagner said. upside down. and family. Between “It gave me a her diagnosis LAUREN WAGNER network of supand her first GVSU STUDENT port that I otherround of chewise would not motherapy, Wagner posted have had, especially with (the her first video on her You- videos) getting so popular,” Tube channel, lauren201002. Wagner said. “I was conOver the next two years, she tacted by complete strangers kept viewers updated on her from around the world, enprogress with everything from her first SEE CANCER ON A5

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BRIEFS GV ties for number of Fulbright scholar recipients According to a list from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Grand Valley State University tied with nine other master’s universities in the country for the highest number of recipients of Fulbright scholarships. Three GVSU faculty members received the award for the 2013-2014, the same number as last year when GVSU tied for second place. GVSU professors Kurt Ellenberger, Rich Jelier, and Sylvia Mupepi all received the scholarship this year.

GV students, middle school students collaborate on interactive media blog Grand Valley State University students in professor Natalia Gomez’s Spanish 410 class have created a blog to interact and help educate sixth graders at North Rockford Spanish Immersion school. In September, the GVSU students read the novel “Copo de Algodón” by María García Esperón and created interactive blogs about the book. On Oct. 2, the students met with the North Rockford students to work together on assignments based around the book. The majority of the GVSU students, who are studying education, benefitted from this collaboration by learning how to teach with new technologies.

Board of Trustees meeting to be streamed live Grand Valley State University’s Board of Trustees will be having a meeting at GVSU’s Detroit Center on Friday. In order for those in West Michigan to view the meeting, there will be a live webcast at The meeting begins at noon, but the live webcast is scheduled to begin a few minutes before.

The Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority at Grand Valley State University will celebrate the Day of the Dead tomorrow at 1 p.m. in the Grand River Room of the Kirkhof Center. Students are encouraged to attend and learn more about the traditional Latino holiday, as well as other cultures’ perceptions of death. The African Student Council, Asian Student Union and Muslim Student Associations will have presentations. The free event is open to everyone and approved for LIB 100 and 201 courses.

PIC to host study abroad funding 101 workshop The Padnos International Center will be hosting a seminar to help with funding for students planning to study abroad today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The seminar will give students an idea about how much their trip will cost as well as the different ways they can receive funding through financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans and personal funds. The event will be held in 130 of Lake Ontario hall.

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more about issues being discussed. “When we start talking about where is service going to fit in, what does scholarship count, what does teaching count, I think most of us here at Grand Valley still count our teaching first, and then everything else fits in around that,” Gipson said. “I would hope that any faculty member that has a concern would feel free to come to the senate meetings.” The next UAS meeting is at 3 p.m. tomorrow in 148 Niemeyer Honors Hall. For more information about faculty governance, visit

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Exhibit: “The Kindertransport Journey”, Nov 1st - 22nd Exhibit Space: Mary Idema Pew Library On loan from the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, New York and sponsored by Grand Valley’s Jewish Student Organization, Hillel, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs Kindertransport survivor, John H. Rosen, 82, will give a public discussion November 5 at 4 p.m. Sponsored by Grand Valley’s Meijer Honors College. Kindertransport performs Nov. 15 – 23, 2013.


than getting turned away from one who isn’t their adviser because the faculty member might not receive service credit for time spent. One of the simplest service opportunities available is joining a committee, such as the Executive Committee of the Senate. The ECS, which acts as a steering agent for UAS, hears reports from standing committees and prepares the UAS agenda. Members of ECS are selected from UAS to represent each college within the university. All faculty members are encouraged to attend UAS and ECS meetings, which are open to everyone, to learn

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Collected donations, supplies will go to local Grand Rapids Home for Veterans Afghanistan,” O’Kelly said. “That really hit home for me. n anticipation for the Some of these residents no coming winter months longer have family in the area, and the need for warm so no one visits with a fresh clothes, the student-run radio set of clothes, or even socks station, WCKS The Whale, and underwear. The GRHV is sponsoring a clothing and does not turn away veterans, donation drive to raise funds and many of the families have and materials for the Grand a hard time meeting their other bills related to care.” Rapids Home for Veterans. Similar to other onLen O’Kelly, faculty adviser campus fundraisers, the for The Whale, used to work clothing and donation with a radio station in Grand drive hopes to motivate and Rapids where he would do inspire other groups and broadcasts from the GRHV. Twice a year, O’Kelly hosted a organizations to promote collection drive for the home, similar events, and it attempts and individuals involved with to build a stronger connection The Whale thought it could between GVSU and the be a great cause to continue at surrounding community. “We are mainly trying to Grand Valley State University. raise funds for veterans who “Our No. 1 goal is to need our help,” said Jamel raise awareness of the Watson, station manager at Grand Rapids Home for The Whale. “A lot of these Veterans,” O’Kelly said. young men and women come “People can’t help out a home from fighting overseas, place if they don’t know and some of them have terrible that it exists.” injuries from war. The event Unfortunately, was promoted some of them through radio aren’t always broadcasts by taken care of by The Whale, their families Our No. 1 goal and a number because they of other offices is to raise aren’t seen as a on campus awareness relative anymore, participated as as burdens. of the Grand but well. So a place like “So even if a Rapids Home. the Grand dime isn’t raised Rapids Home for or a single piece LEN O’KELLY Veterans is not WHALE RADIO ADVISER of clothing isn’t only their home, donated, if we but their family.” can get people to The idea of serving those know about the needs of some who have served for their of our veterans, I feel that we fellow citizens is part of would have done a good job,” the motivation behind the he said. “Of course, I want us event. The donation drive to raise as much money as we can and get a good amount gives students and others of clothes for the GRHV and in the GVSU community, help out as many men and an opportunity to help out a group in need. women as possible.” “I don’t want to say The Whale set up bins ‘We have it so easy,’ but in next to the 20/20 Information many ways we really have Desk in the Kirkhof Center it easy,” O’Kelly said. “A for donations of simple good number of us in the clothing items such as socks GVSU family will never and shirts. Though the event experience what these men was sponsored mainly by and women went through. The Whale, the Office of For the older veterans Multicultural Affairs and the it meant being drafted, Student Academic Success called away from family Center housed donation jars, and school to serve their and the Office of Student Life country. For the younger provided support. Another goal of the ones, it was a decision to fundraiser was to put the put their country first.” The drive will continue stereotypes of the GRHV until Veterans Day on Nov. as an “old folks’ home” to 11. All proceeds raised will rest and show there are go to the GRHV. Clothing veterans of all ages who can be dropped off at the benefit from the center box near the 20/20 Desk, who need the support of and monetary donations fundraisers such as this. “The youngest resident I will be accepted at the recall meeting was OMA, 1240 Kirkhof, or 22—a veteran the SASC, 200 Student of the war in Services. BY HANNAH LENTZ



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Polish festival to host fortune-telling, music BY STEPHANIE BRZEZINSKI SBRZEZINSKI@LANTHORN.COM


he department of modern languages and the Padnos International Center at Grand Valley State University will host the eighth annual Polish Andrzejki Festival to promote and celebrate Polish culture. Anne Parada, a sophomore and vice president of the Polish Club at GVSU, said the Andrzejki Festival is usually held the night before Nov. 30, which is called St. Andrew’s day in Poland. “St. Andrews day in Poland was traditionally a time when fortunes were told, especially those of young, unmarried girls to see if they could find out who their husband would be,” Parada said. “Just as fall symbolizes change, people turn to St. Andrew at this time of year to see how their fortunes may have changed.” She added that students who attend will have the opportunity to “open their eyes to some of the traditions of a different culture.”

“It i s a Polish tradition and one of the ways Poles can celebrate their traditions and pay homage to their ancestors, but one does not need a family connection to a country in order to appreciate its traditions,” Parada said. Eva Lewak, GVSU professor of Polish and faculty adviser for the Polish Club, is coordinating the event this year. Lewak said the Andrzejki Festival is normally held in November, but this year she wanted to combine it with the American Halloween celebrations to make it “plenty of fun.” Lewak said the event will feature magic, fortune-telling and Tarot card readings. It will also include traditional Polish food, music, games and cultural activities such as the melted wax divination. During this tradition, melted candle wax is cooled in a

bowl of water, then held up to a light to cast a shadow. The fortune-teller is then supposed to learn about an individual’s future from the shadow that is cast. “We want to promote Polish language and Polish culture,” Lewak said. “These traditions have been alive for centuries.” Lewak said the event is also a costume party, and attendees can wear a Halloween costume to the festival if they want. Although there is no major or minor in Polish, Lewak said students who take Polish courses are at an advantage because knowledge of the Polish language can help enhance a resume and lead to more job opportunities after college.

Lewak said any students interested in the Polish language, history, culture and tradition should attend the event. Students can also enroll in Polish courses or consider studying abroad at the Cracow University of Economics. Parada said members of the Polish Club, along with students enrolled in the Polish language courses, will be greeting people at the event and telling the participants about the festival traditions and activities. “The main goal of our organization this year is to spread awareness of the Polish Club on campus,” Parada said. The Polish Andrzejki Festival will take place tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in 2270 Kirkhof Center.

Symposium to address future educators Student Council for Exceptional Children to discuss professionalism BY ERIN GROGAN EGROGAN@LANTHORN.COM


uture educators will be joining the Grand Valley State University’s Student Council for Exceptional Children to discuss different perspectives and tips on becoming professional educators at the 18th annual Professional Development Symposium. Amy Schelling is the faculty adviser for the SCEC, as well as an assistant professor in the College of Education and the program coordinator for the master’s program in Special Education. Schelling said the SCEC is the most active chapter of Michigan’s Council for Exceptional Children with almost 100 members, and it is dedicated to improving “educational outcomes for students with disabilities.” However, the symposium is not just geared toward those interested in working


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with students who have disabilities. Michelle Vader, public relations officer of the SCEC, is a senior majoring in special education. She said the symposium will provide future educators with tips on working with all students. “People should attend this event to learn new ideas and perspectives of becoming a future educator,” she said. In addition to participating in professional conferences, the SCEC also volunteers with organizations in the area. “One of the things about our organization that I am most proud of, is that we have established partnerships with area schools that our members participate in and support,” Shelling said. She added that the SCEC has two pen-pal classrooms in Allendale Public School. Every year, executive board members adopt a classroom in the Ottawa Area Center, which “serves students

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with the most significant disabilities,” and spend time volunteering in the classroom every week. The symposium will feature keynote speaker Christy Buck, who is the founder of Be Nice—a campaign geared at educating people about the mental health effects of bullying. Following the keynote speaker, Kindy Segovia, the assistive technology coordinator for Kent Intermediate School District, will be leading the first of three 50-minute breakout sessions. Vader said Segovia will talk about how to find the most effective way that assistive technology considerations can be used to benefit every student in the classroom. Following Segovia’s session, Joe DeMarsh, current president-elect and conference chairperson for the Michigan Council for Exceptional Children, will speak about ways to

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at all your Halloween candy. Clean your room. Watch three 20-minute episodes of that show you started two months ago. Go visit a friend. Finish your French homework. Call your parents at 2am and say, “Mom, Pops, I feel like we never just

talk.” Bake a batch of cookies for your 8am class. Catch up on emails. Drive 30 minutes to Grand Haven City Beach, go skinny dipping, then drive 30 minutes home. Roast a 2-pound chicken. Try on the clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in 3+ years. Buy Christmas presents early. Write a short story. Figure out if your phone automatically adjusts to the new time. Learn how to say, “Hello, how are you?” in 15 languages. Invent a new drink concoction. Take your cat for a walk. Look through your list of Bookmarked websites. Watch 1/9 of

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Look up your name on Baby Name Voyager. Practice escaping from a straight jacket. Put your DVDs in alphabetical order. Set up elaborate pranks for your roommates. Build a fort in your living room. Go on a walk in the Ravines. Go to Meijer. Whittle a stick. Do a crossword puzzle. Plan your spring break trip. Practice your Harry Potter impersonation in the bathroom mirror. Clean out your refrigerator. Listen to NPR. Watch every YouTube video posted by CinemaSins. Wash or dry your laundry. Match your socks.

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WHAT IS THE BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME YOU’VE SEEN THIS YEAR? “The best Halloween costume I have seen this year is a group of friends who dressed up as the Pretty Little Liars characters, one of them being “A”.


Alied Health Sciences Freshman West Branch, Mich.

“I saw Uno Cards.”


Biology, Pre-Med Sophomore Rochester Hills, Mich.

“A deer costume.”





Psychology Freshman Grand Blanc, Mich.

Recover from Halloween weekend. Practice parkour. Mess around on your instrument. Look through old Facebook pictures. Learn a new line dance. Read a favorite novel from your childhood. Buy a trashy romance novel for less than a dollar on Amazon. Take artsy-fartsy pictures of dramatic fruit. Take apart an Xbox. Hit the gym and do a strength circuit. Install a car radio. Paint a ceramic mug. Start a tab at a bar. Make a playlist on Spotify. Replace all the speakers in your car. Go rock-climbing. Lock yourself in your trunk and try to get

sibling. Research the recipe for hardtack. Replace all the light bulbs in your house with green ones. Play on a playground. Play Catchphrase with your friends. Have a picnic in the middle of the night. Stretch. Reset your analog clocks. Update your planner. Sleep. Disclaimer: This list is by no means comprehensive, nor will it appeal to everyone. Since the clocks fall back at 2 a.m., some of these activities will be a little more complicated than usual. And at least one of these will be a whole lot easier.


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out. Teach yourself to frontflip (or somersault). Pawn two TVs. Rearrange your room. Build a cabinet. Install new apps on your phone. Whiten your teeth. Draw an abstract self-portrait. Make armor out of cardboard boxes. Find scholarships from your hometown. Learn how; to use; semicolons. Make guacamole. Create a To-Do list. Taste every one of the spices in your cupboard. Find a Zoobooks issue about your favorite animal. Memorize the lyrics to a Macklemore song. Create an apocalypse-prep plan. Create a secret code. Write a letter to a

Should off-campus volunteerism be a part of professors’ service requirements? LOG ON & VOTE LANTHORN.COM

NO - 83%


As GVSU opens dialogue about professors’ service requirements, we think it’s important to look at opportunities to volunteer beyond the university level.


aculty research requirements have come into question at Grand Valley State University, as noted in Ryan Jarvi’s front-page story. Administrators are working with professors to determine what should be considered “service” and how to monitor the number of hours each faculty member has performed. We at the Lanthorn think professor volunteerism is absolutely essential to the university, and here’s why. Remember that GVSU professors have different obligations than their counterparts at other universities. While Research One employees organize their time by putting research first and teaching second, those at GVSU have reversed priorities. Thus, they need to do something extra to elevate their status and allow them to stand out (or at least among) those professors leading research in their fields. To make sure that our faculty members remain up to standard, we think they should be taking part in service opportunities off-campus: putting their skills to use in the field to better the community. This would not

only enhance professors’ experiences/ teaching abilities by ensuring that they have fieldwork under their belts, but it would show the academic and local communities that GVSU is a university that cares about something greater than itself. We’re convinced that off-campus service is necessary. But this isn’t to devalue on-campus service. We certainly need professors to be involved in the campus community to foster good relations among departments, show students what it means to be responsible GVSU citizens, and contribute to the overall development of their workplace. However, there are problems with on-campus service opportunities, and they need to be addressed. There are many ways that faculty can escape true service opportunities: they “double-dip” obligations, count office hours or join committees that hardly ever meet. Meanwhile, other professors help with a service project every week and are a part of committees that meet much more frequently. While making the faculty service requirements stricter would be better to keep professors

more accountable, precautions should be taken to make sure it doesn’t get out of hand. For example, if office hours no longer counted as part of the service requirements, then many professors would cut back on the time they are available—no matter how much they care about their students. The end result of this action would be hurting the students, not the faculty, in their studies. Regardless of whether office hour requirements change, we think it’s important that professors devote time to committee activity. The university should offer a list of committees and activities that faculty could join or take part in and how many hours of service each of these would count for. So, for example, one committee that meets more often could count for five hours while another that meets once a month could count for one. This way, there would a be set way for faculty to know how many hours they’ve completed, professors who are more involved would benefit.

GVL EDITORIAL CARTOON I MARELGUIJ BRIONES “At Alpha Omicron Pi’s Strike Out Arthritis event, a little boy was dressed up in a homemade bacon costume. He was adorable.”


Allied Health Sciences Senior Livonia, Mich.

“This year, at our Alpha Omicron Pi Strike Out Arthritis event, one of the middle school students dressed up as a mailman.”


Allied Health Sciences Sophomore Paw Paw, Mich.

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Dear School, it’s hard to love anything at 4 AM



chool, Darling, we’ve been together for 17 years now, so I know the true weight of this statement: I love you. I promise, I love you. You don’t even understand how much I dig the way you’ve taken me under your wing and shown me the world. Your ideas, my dear, they light up my mind, and so often, there’s no place else I’d rather be than sitting in one of your classrooms.

You’ve made me a better person, I swear. But over these past four years, you’ve been asking too much of me. I’m a Senior this year, and I can’t be your everything anymore. I love your company, but when it’s 4AM, and I want to sleep, you push my forehead up and beg, “Stay awake. For me.” It’s hard to love anything at 4AM. I need my space. When I’m not with you, you make me feel guilty for not being with you. I’ll settle down into the couch to watch an episode of my favorite show, but it’s your voice that’s in my head. This voice haunts the forefront of my mind, asking rhetorical questions like, “Is this really what you should be

doing right now? Is this more important to you than I am? More important than our future?” After an anxious half hour spent wondering if you’ll be mad at me, I grab the remote and angrily press the red “OFF” button, upset with both you and myself. Sometimes, I feel like it’s either your way or the highway. I just want some “me time” without a side dish of visceral and mind-numbing guilt. You seem to think everything else is a bad influence on me. You’re jealous when I spend time with my other interests, with my other friends. Maybe you don’t show it verbally, but when I pull up BlackBoard to look at those grades,

your evaluation is clear as glass: I should have spent more time with you this semester. I’m just not sure this relationship is working anymore. I’m not breaking up with you; I just think we need a reevaluation. You and I have become inextricable. Maybe this love has just become egocentric. Do you love me, really? Or do you love the fact that I love you? You seemed to care so much about me in Kindergarten— you gave me recess every day for God’s sake—but somewhere along the road, I became wholly and utterly consumed by you. Don’t you think we can compromise here? I’m only asking for a little space.

Computing careers, majors rise BY ELLIE PHILLIPS



nrollment in Grand Valley State University’s Padnos College of Engineering and Computing has increased by 14 percent in the past year, and some of that increase comes from the School of Computing and Information Systems. “Our enrollments (have been) climbing over the past five to seven years,” said David Lange, an instructor in the CIS program at GVSU. “We’ve even brought on some new programs in the past five years. We’ve added computer science and information systems, a master’s in computer science and information systems, and we’ve also had a master’s in medical and bioinformatics.” According to GVSU’s Institutional Analysis, enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program for computer science has increased about 42 percent—from 117 to 166—since 2009. Meanwhile, enrollment in the bachelor’s degree program for information systems has

FACULTY CONTINUED FROM A1 ers. We want to make sure that what students have is as good as we can make it, and I hope we always keep that student focus.” IsHak’s hopes for the future at GVSU included for the university to stop expanding. “My hopes for GVSU in the future include not to grow beyond its present capacity in order to improve the quality of education (and) to cut its bloating, topheavy administrative positions by one third at least,” he said. “…provost, vice presidents, deans, directors, eliminate all of them and replace with clerks since their basic responsibilities are clerical. We do not need an associate dean with a doctorate in economics or accounting to do what a secretary can do better and much cheaper.” IsHak said the need for many higher-level faculty or full-time professors is unnecessary and hurts the students with higher costs of attending college. “Also, I hope we can freeze all tuition and fees cost if not reduce them,” he said. “They are not sustainable and are detrimental to the future of education. Stop the increasing number of other than tenure track faculty by using cheap labor of adjuncts, part timers and affiliates.” His final hopes for the future included cutting back on GVSU’s construction of buildings. “Stop buying or building new structures,” he said. “And above all, maintain some resemblance of collegiality and human interactions among the constituents.”




also increased by about 14 percent—from 79 to 90 during the same time. The increases in enrollment are primarily due to the increased demand for jobs in computer sciences and information technology, which have been growing since the turn of the century. “There was a big bubble after 2000,” Lange said. “It went down for a while, and then exploded when the ‘dot com’ got popular.” According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for occupations in computers and mathematics has grown by about 16 percent since 2006—from 3.08 million jobs to 3.58 million jobs. The BLS also projects computer and mathematics jobs to continue growing another 21 percent by 2020 to add more than 4.3 million jobs. “I can hardly keep up with companies interested in hiring our interns and graduates,” said Tom Demmon, associate director of the GVSU Career Center.

ADVICE FOR FELLOWS Blue and IsHak have years of experience to learn from. “To faculty and staff, enrollment is really job one,” Blue said. “That’s why we’re here is to enroll students and help them reach their goals. Students, keep at it. If you’re thinking about stopping, think hard and don’t do it. Work to reach those goals.” IsHak advised faculty to maintain their integrity and not do whatever it takes to have students give them a good score on evaluations. “My advice to faculty: be demanding and fair,” he said. “Stop babysitting your students in order for them to give you a five score on their fake evaluations. Concentrate on your basic obligation, and that is teaching first. Keep your integrity unblemished without playing up to please a boss or supervisor for a few pennies in your meager, too present salary adjustment. It is not worth it.” He advised students to take as much away from their time at college as they can. “Learn by seeking demanding professors, not the push-over ones for an unworthy grade,” IsHak said. “Build your network on campus, seize every opportunity to grow and mature, (but) still have fun and enjoy life and learn.” IsHak also had advice for the administration. “Try to hear rather than just listening politely,” he said. “Rotate your positions. Lifetime appointments are a waste of life and your effectiveness drastically diminishes with the passing of every year of your tenure in

“If the companies aren’t hiring interns, they have very limited chance in attracting our graduates. Employment is basically 100 percent, with many good opportunities in West Michigan and many other places.” As demand for these types of jobs has grown, the average annual salary has increased, as well, by about 16 percent, from around $69,000 in 2006 to $80,000 in 2012, according to the BLS. GVSU students have also seen this increase in their salaries. Over the past four years, Demmon has seen an average of $55,000, with some graduates getting up to $70,000. “These salaries can escalate well within a couple of years with proven capability and a possible move to high demand, salary and cost of living states, such as California,” he said. Lange said the principal of supply and demand is another element of salary range calculations. “It’s simply driven by the number of people that are

one position as well as your reputation.” A REASON TO STAY Blue said that the biggest reason she’s stayed at GVSU is because of the students and the changes they go through during their college years. “I love the ages from 18 to 22 because you make huge changes in yourself, and I will never stop marveling at that,” she said. “You go through as many changes during these four years as in the first four years of your life.” IsHak said that overall he has enjoyed his time at the university and teaching over 360 courses and 11,000 students in the USA and overseas. He introduced and directed five programs at GVSU in public administration, legal studies, criminal justice, police academy, and urban studies. These coincided with the establishment of two new professional programs in business administration and health studies, which IsHak said, at that time, the words ‘professional programs’ were “pornographic to the ears of professors in liberal arts.” “Grand Valley State University is a progressive and good institution,” IsHak said. “It has a competent core of faculty who are dedicated and serious about their profession. Everybody is wiring to the best of their abilities with dedication and in good faith. All must be recognized for their professionalism and efforts. The institution will continue to flourish and become a leading regional—if not a national—university. I was fortunate to be a modest contributor to its success and prestige.”

available versus the need for those people,” Lange said. “When there’s a higher need than there are people, the salary goes up. It’s not unusual for those people to be making $75,000 to $90,000 in five years.” Even interns in the computing field find well-paying jobs, with pay ranging from $13 to $18 per hour. “There’s a dire need for more than what schools in America are cranking out,” Lange said. “We had companies coming in from multiple states and armed services looking for IT people. The careers are just exploding, and the companies need more and more.” More information about computing-based employment can be found during the Careers in Computing event today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Cook-DeWitt Center auditorium. Lange will moderate the event, which will have three 10-minute presentations by speakers in computer science careers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.


some kind of outlet. “Even if it’s not posting it to YouTube publicly, I think couraging me and telling it’s important to journal me how brave I was. Those what’s happening at the mopositive words—you can’t ment, because it helps you imagine what that does to process out loud, or on paper, you.” what you’re dealing with,” Wagner is now in her se- Wagner said. “I think it’s a nior year at GVSU studying really effective form of selfsocial work. She is an active therapy that is very undermember of the GVSU com- rated.” munity, acting as president Some parents might of the student organization be wary of their child beColleges Against Cancer and ing open with a member of strangers while the Bachelor in such a fragof Social Work ile state, but Student Orgaconsidering the nization. She positive feedalso works with I think it’s a back, Wagner’s two other orga- really effective parents didn’t nizations, the have much to GVSU Cancer form of selfworry about. Warriors Net- therapy that is “Both of my work, which parents were hosts events very underrated. really proud where indi- LAUREN WAGNER of the fact that viduals affected GVSU STUDENT I chose to be by cancer can so public and find support in open and honthe GVSU community, and est about my diagnosis,” BRCAn’t Stop Me, which Wagner said. “It could’ve spreads awareness of a cer- been very easy for me to just tain gene known to cause wallow in my diagnosis, but breast cancer in women. instead I had this constant Not all cancer fighters are support and positive regard willing to be as open as Wag- behind me. It was helping ner was, but her advice to me each day, get through the students struggling with can- day.” cer or other issues is to have

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ave you decided how you’re going to spend your Halloween? Several Grand Valley State University clubs and organizations are hosting events throughout the Halloween weekend free of charge and open to the public. If that’s not enough, there are a variety of haunted attractions in West Michigan that are determined to provide everyone with a night of fear and entertainment. HA LLOWEEN SWING DAN CI N G :

The Grand Valley Swing Dance Club is hosting a Halloween-themed night of dance tonight from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event

will take place in the Grand River Room located in the Kirkhof Center and will include dancing, free food, a costume contest and games. Prior dance experience is not necessary because members of the club will be there to teach anyone who wants to learn the art of swing dancing. The event is free of charge and open to everyone. B O O - N F I R E H A L LOW E E N B AS H :

From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight, the Habitat for Humanity Club and Backpacking Club will be co-hosting an outdoor bonfire bash at Robinson Field. The night will include a cider tournament, along with a costume contest taking place at 8:30 p.m. in which prizes will be awarded. There will

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be free refreshments, snacks and candy, and s’mores that can be purchased for $2. DJ AMan and Tha Kameleon will provide live music. T H E H A U N T:

For 13 years, The Haunt has been known as Grand Rapids’ Halloween Hot Spot. Its 20,000 square-foot location is full of Hollywood-quality sets, lighting and special effects, paired with experienced actors. Apart from the main haunted hallways, The Haunt also includes an outdoor maze and two other side attractions. The haunted house will be open tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 1 and 2 until 10 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on-site for individuals or online

for groups of 20 or more. For more information, visit FOREST OF FEAR:

Grand Rapids’ only charity haunt, Forest of Fear, is an outdoor haunted attraction in Caledonia, Mich. A new set of actors takes over the 1/3 mile haunted trail every night, offering a different experience from one day to the next. The event serves as a community service opportunity through the Kentwood Jaycees, a non-profit organization for individuals ages 21-40. Forest of Fear is open from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit

Ballet to bring Dracula to life



he tale of Dracula has been presented in a variety of different ways, including adaptations for television and theater. As part of the 2013-14 Season, the Grand Rapids Ballet has decided to bring it to the stage once again in the form of dance. The ballet’s Artistic Director, Patricia Barker, said the adaptation is based on Bram Stoker’s story, which was the very first vampire book ever written. When it was first published in 1897, the tale was considered a “straightforward horror novel” due to its use of imaginary characters and supernatural beings, she said. In order to draw the audience back in time, costumes, sets and technology were used to help depict what life was like in the Victorian Era. “One twist is that we get to use modern technology for our sets, such as Cinema 4D, helping to place the audience back in time so that the characters feel as if they are coming right off the pages of Bram Stoker’s epic tale of Dracula,” Barker said.

Technology and props have been used throughout the ballet, including a scene where Dracula’s throne rises out of the ground, another scene where fog rolls across the stage while the castle crypt flickers its lights, and the traditional bite scene. “This interactivity immerses the audience, keeping their attention on the story being told on stage,” Barker said. “By combining traditional props and stagecraft with animated set designs, GRB brings Dracula into the 21st century with a great show to enjoy by all ages.” Starring as Dracula is Stephen Sanford, an adjunct dance professor at Grand Valley State University. What drew him to the part was the idea that everyone is always trying to be good, and Ballet’s first vampire: The Grand Rapids Ballet will be performing Dracula through Nov. 2. The titular character is played by sometimes it’s fun to actually GVSU dance professor Stephen Sanford, and was brought back after being premiered in 2011 because of its success. be the bad guy, he said. In addition, he gets to take part in The Grand Rapids Ballet Barker said. “This produc“Audiences young and old can purchase tickets for $12 telling a well-known story. premiered Dracula in 2011 tion promises to frighten and love Halloween and the idea with proof of a college ID. “It’s got a real goth-like feel to sold out audiences, which entertain.” of immortality,” Barker said. This College Rush Deal is to it and it’s like watching an made them decide to bring it The two-weekend long “Dracula is a fun way to start available for all company old, silent movie,” Sanford back. production began on Oct. 25 the Halloween festivities performances, including The said. “Instead of trying to “This year’s production of and will continue until Nov. because there comes a time Nutcracker at the DeVos Pershock and awe you the whole Dracula features re-orches- 2 at the Peter Martin Wege when we are just too old to formance Hall. time or keep you thrilled the trated and re-mastered mu- Theatre. Halloween cos- trick or treat.” For more information, whole time, (we portray) sic, updated choreography, tumes are encouraged at all Up to one hour before visit of a creepy story.” and interactive set designs,” performances. each show, GVSU students ula. COURTESY | GRB


Griffin and Randall were concerned that they couldn’t n the spirit of Halloween, find their favorite movie Wealthy Theatre filled its genres at regional film fesseats Oct. 24 to 26 with tivals or that they couldn’t horror, action and sci-fi fans, watch cult classics on the big all ready to watch films from screen anywhere in the West all around the world. Over Michigan area around Halthe 3-day festival, 64 films loween, Griffin said. Taking all of 15 minutes were shown, 19 of which were Michigan-made mov- for the idea to be produced and turned into a mode of ies. For seven years and action, and eight years (and counting, the Thriller! counting) of development Chiller! Film Festival has and polishing, the Thriller! screened some of the best Chiller! Film Festival has in world-class genre movies become one of the top 20 with bold determination and coolest film festivals operatwild imagination, said Pub- ing on the genre movie film lic Relations Director Shirley festival circuit, according to Moviemaker Magazine. Clemens. “The community has such Anthony Griffin and Chris Randall, co-founders an immense amount of inof the Thriller! Chiller! Film terest for cinema, so Randall Festival, both studied film- and I solved the problem,” making at Grand Valley State Griffin said. The festival aims to give University. people the feeling of watchIn the spring of 2006,




ing a movie in which they recognize absolutely no one, and then the story turns on a dime to do something they’d never expect, Griffin said. “These are true independent artists, operating with a determined spirit and passion; and not necessarily a slave to the mercurial weekend box office as much as their own imagination and how they come up with inventive ways to express themselves,” he said Through their festival, they have been able to raise an awareness of the importance of genre movies to a larger audience because of their international platform, Griffin said. “Everyone is different, and we felt we could acknowledge that essential human element best as a film festival by simply playing movies from all over the world in


Alumni host Thriller! Chiller! film fest featuring Halloween-time cult classics

Creators: Festival Director Anthony Griffin; 2012 winner of best feature and director of “Empty Rooms” Adam Lamas; and Festival Director Chris Randall pose for a photo.

our own backyard,” he said The festival has a variety of films for all audiences. Griffin said there are movies in the festival that he adores because they mirror his own style and sensibility as a filmmaker and others that are not his taste. “The only risk on our part as the audience is whether or

not we want to be the ones who discovered something new or have someone else tell you what’s suppose to be important,” Griffin said. “I can’t answer that for anyone else, but I want that Christmas-morning feeling of tearing down the stairs and finding the boxes wrapped under the tree. Does it really get any

better than that, as an adventurer?” Although they did not discover genre movies, Griffin said his and Randall’s job is to remind people that there are art house movies with grindhouse style out there that have earned a place in the discussion about art in West Michigan.

GV Pompon Team to compete in championship BY SHELBY PENDOWSKI SPENDOWSKI@LANTHORN.COM



Bonding teammates: The Grand Valley State University pompon team poses for a photo. The team will travel to Saginaw Valley State University to compete against other universities.

fter countless hours of practice and late night rehearsals, the Grand Valley State University Pompon Team turned into a sisterhood. On Nov. 3, the team will head to Saginaw Valley State University for the MidAmerican High Kick and Dance Championship. The team began preparation for the competition in March with tryouts that brought 13 new members to the group. Each new member was paired with a returning member, who was given the role of a mentor, otherwise known as “big sister.” GVSU Pompon President Devan Dodge said bonds were formed due to the pairing, which gave the competition aspect a stronger meaning.

“It is not just a sport. It is about bonding with people who enjoy doing the same thing you love,” pompon member Catarina Romano said. “We are more than just teammates, we are family.” After making the bonds, the members have been able to be honest with one another—making it easier to encourage and critique, Dodge said. “We are a very cohesive bunch,” Dodge said. “Practices get extremely frustrating, and they are very hard and time consuming. It is good to actually have girls that feel like family to you there because when you are frustrated, you don’t want to take it out on them.” The team will compete against other colleges in Michigan such as SVSU, Michigan State University,

Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan and Atomic Pom. “I just keep telling the girls put every ounce of sweat, blood, tears, whatever it takes to make themselves feel on Sunday that they have given it their all and they couldn’t give anything else out on the floor,” Dodge said. The team will get to perform their routine once for a panel of judges. “No matter win or lose, I know you can always count on family,” Romano said. “Family is going to be there for you at the end of the day so no matter what the scores are on Sunday. I know that as long as we know we performed our best that we are going to love each other, be there for each other and keep on moving on just like any other family would.”





Former Laker scores TD for 49ers in London


GLIAC SHOWDOWN Third place GV and Hillsdale set to face off in Lubbers

Miller, Socia sweep weekly GLIAC honors

Senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller and junior midfielder Charlie Socia garnered both GLIAC Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week awards on Tuesday after the No. 1 Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team took home a pair of road victories. GVSU (14-0-1) defeated Michigan Technological University 2-1 on Friday after Socia notched her fourth game-winning goal of the season. She also recorded an assist in the team’s 3-0 victory at Northern Michigan University on Sunday. Miller made seven saves in the pair of victories while posting a solo shutout. The goal scored by Michigan Tech was the first goal allowed by GVSU in the 2013 campaign. Both players earned the award for the second time this season. GVSU will return to action in a conference matchup with Lake Erie College at home on Friday at 7 p.m.



Friday vs. Lake Erie 7 p.m. Tuesday - GLIAC Quarterfinals TBA


Friday at Northern Mich. 7 p.m. Saturday at Michigan Tech 4 p.m. Tuesday vs. Ferris State 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Lewis 1 p.m.


Saturday vs. Hillsdale 7 p.m.


Sunday at Michigan State 4:30 p.m.




ince 2008, only two schools have managed to beat the Grand Valley State University football program on more than one occasion. One is Ferris State University, who has defeated GVSU the last two years. The other is Hillsdale College, who came out on top in 2009 and 2011. The Chargers (4-4, 4-2 GLIAC) will look to continue the trend of beating GVSU (6-2, 4-2 GLIAC) every other year, when they visit Lubbers Stadium this Saturday. “This will be a big tilt between the two schools and has been some pretty interesting ball games here the past five, six years between the two institutions,” GVSU head coach Matt Mitchell said. “They’re tough, well coached, fundamentally sound, schematically sound, and they’re not going to beat themselves.” Untraditionally, Hillsdale enters this matchup with one of the worst ground games in the GLIAC. The Chargers are only averaging 120.6 rushing yards per contest, which is third least in the conference. “They’ve had a lot of injuries at running back, so their running game is probably not as productive as Hillsdale typically has been in the past,” Mitchell said. “They’ve relied a little bit more on their passing game.” Mitchell and the Lakers defense will be tasked with trying to contain senior quarterback Sam Landry. Landry has completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,875 yards, 14 touchdowns and has thrown just two

interceptions. After watching film, Landry reminded Mitchell of another top quarterback in the GLIAC, Michigan Tech’s Tyler Scarlett. “This is a very quarterback driven league,” Mitchell said. “I think Sam is probably—if I had to make a comparison—a little bit like Tyler Scarlett. He’s got a strong arm. He’s very accurate. He has a great understanding of their offense… I think he brings an element to run the ball. It’s not Jason Vander Laan running the ball between the tackles. It’s a little bit more him making some plays with his feet kind of like Scarlett can too.” GVSU will hope to enjoy similar success against Landry as they did with Scarlett. The Laker defense had its best night of the season against Scarlett, who was unable to develop any sort of rhythm and finished the night completing 17 of 36 passes for 223 yards, as GVSU dominated Michigan Tech in a 49-3 win. On offense, GVSU will look to continue its success on the ground. The Lakers average 6.1 yards per rush, which is good for second best in the GLIAC. “Every game we try to establish the run,” senior center Matt Armstrong said. “When you got great running backs—especially one like Mike Ratay—it makes our job a lot easier. If we get things covered up, he’ll make people miss and make us look good.” With senior running back Chris Robinson (shoulder) and sophomore back Kirk Spencer (hand) dealing with injuries, it’s been junior


Grand Valley State University sophomore defensive end De’Ondre Hogan was named the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday after an impressive performance in the team’s 23-17 victory at Northwood University. Hogan recorded eight tackles, three tackles for a loss and a pass deflection for the GVSU defense which held Northwood to 245 yards of total offense. The Livonia, Mich. native has been effective since making the switch from the linebacker position in the offseason, and has helped bolster a GVSU defense that has held its opponents to the third-fewest points-pergame mark in the GLIAC this year (24.6). The team will take on Hillsdale College at home on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Touchdown: Junior Chris Robinson runs the ball toward the endzone against Northern Michigan University. The Lakers will play Hillsdale College this weekend, hoping to break the trend of losing to the Chargers every other year. GVSU has the advantage of home field, where they have yet to lose this year.

Fighting through: Junior running back Ben Hutchins is tackled by the NMU defense. The Lakers will look to continue its success on the ground this year.

Michael Ratay who’s had to shoulder the load. So far, it hasn’t been a problem. Ratay’s average of 115 rushing yards a game ranks seventh in the GLIAC. “I just gotta do whatever the coaches ask me to,” Ratay said. For the GVSU offense, they’ll be tasked with facing one of the most experienced linebacker corps in the conference. Senior Brett Pasche leads the Hillsdale defense—and is the

leading tackler in the GLIAC— averaging 12.1 stops a game. “Defensively, they play physical,” Mitchell said. “They have three senior linebackers that have played a lot of reps in this league (and) a lot of snaps against Grand Valley. Brett Pasche—No. 40 for them—might be as good as a linebacker as there is in the GLIAC.” The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Students are also encouraged to wear black.


Rising to new heights Aiken emerges as leader for Lakers BY JAY BUSHEN ASSISTANTSPORTS@ LANTHORN.COM


he emergence of a goto player has sparked quite a run for the surging Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team. Junior captain Abby Aiken has taken her game to the next level this season by learning to flourish in a leadership role that has helped guide GVSU to its best start since 2008. “All of the great teams here have had somebody who is a go-to player, a person who steps up in the big moment,” head coach Deanne Scanlon said. “Every great team needs that person. They want to make a play when the game is on the line and they make the play. That’s what Abby has done for us.” GVSU (19-3, 10-1 GLIAC) has played its way into in a three-way tie atop the conference after winning

nine straight and 17 of its last it takes the pressure off of 18 matches. The multidimen- them. I can go after her, I can sional offense has been a key challenge her, and in some aspect of the team’s success situations her teammates this season, but Aiken has may rally around her and been the one taking the big support her.” swing in big situations. The turning point for AiHer consistent offensive ken came during a pivotal c ont r i b ut i on s match at Ashhave especially land University powered the on Oct. 12 when Laker attack over GVSU came out the course of the She’s setting flat and trailed past five match1-0 after the inies. The outside an example tial set. Scanlon hitter quickly for those used a timeout, jumped from the looked at Aiken freshmen... seventh-highest and told her to k i l l s - p e r - s e t DEANNE SCANLON carry the team. mark in the GLI- HEAD COACH The Onsted, AC to the third Mich., native highest. found a way to “She’s setting an example make it happen. for those freshmen of what She finished with a matchthe expectations are to be best 21 kills while leading the successful in our program,” Lakers to victories in three Scanlon said. “When you straight sets to jostle the have somebody like that on team back into first place in your team, it allows other the GLIAC. people to flourish because SEE AIKEN ON A8


Hogan named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week


Former Grand Valley State University defensive lineman Dan Skuta made a big play for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday when he returned a fumble for a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in a 42-10 game played in London. Skuta recorded the 47-yard scoop and score after his teammate, linebacker Patrick Willis, ripped the ball loose from Jaguars tight end Mercedes Lewis. The Flint, Mich. native was a three-year starter during his collegiate career at GVSU (2004-2007) and helped anchor a defensive line for a team that won back-to-back NCAA Division II National Championships in 2005 and 2006. He finished his career in Allendale with 234 total tackles, 23 sacks and two interceptions and was a Daktronics First-Team AllAmerican honoree in ’07.

Smack down: Junior Abby Aiken goes up for a spike during a past match. She has become a leader for her teammates.

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A strong attempt: Senior Rob Woodson drives toward the basket against MSU defender Alvin Ellis III. Woodson and the Lakers lost their first game of the season 101-52 against the Spartans at the Breslin Center.


Michigan State then flexed its muscles and showed why it’s one of the preseason favorites to make a deep run in March. After junior Ryan Sabin knocked down a triple to cut Michigan State’s lead to 10 (30-20), the Spartans closed the half on a 17-4 run to blow the game open and take a 47-24 lead into halftime. “Our hope was that we could be competitive for a longer period of time. Obviously we weren’t able to do that,” Wesley said. “I think we started out okay. We had some good possessions. We made some shots. After that, I felt we took some hurried shots, some bad shots.” GVSU struggled with the size and athleticism of Michigan State all night. Good looks on offense were hard to come by for the Lakers, and as a result, the team shot 28.6 percent from the field. “It was hard for us to get an easy basket, and when we did something good and got it inside five feet, they swatted or contested it,” Wesley said. “So even when we had good offense, they

AIKEN CONTINUED FROM A7 Scanlon said she used to demand the same thing from AVCA All-American Rebeccah Rapin. Aiken and First-Team AllGLIAC outside hitter Betsy Ronda have been the offensive focal points of a team that seems to have a legitimate shot at winning its first conference title since 2008. “Ever since the Ashland match, she has really taken that role and embraced it,” Ronda said. “She has an ‘I can do this’ mentality and can lead us when we’re down.” Aiken’s defense has been solid, but her offensive stats show a significant jump

V O L L E Y B A L L (4.59 kills per set) since the game against Ashland. The most impressive performance came during the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover Tournament against the University of Missouri-St. Louis when she tallied a career-high 27 kills in a four-set victory. She said she attributes the improved play to her ability to control her emotions on the court. “I realize my emotions affect my teammates,” Aiken said. “If I’m reckless, then my teammates might be reckless. I’ve put the team first and have been maturing more in that aspect.” Her performance in the GLIAC/GLVC Crossover earned her a place on the GLIAC AllTournament Team along with

got some great guys that clean up the mess there in the back end.” As apparent as Michigan State’s athleticism was on the defensive side, it was just as visible on offense. The Spartans used an uptempo offense to set up easy opportunities, most notably from the three-point range, where they converted 14 of 24 attempts. “Our hope was we could pack it in a little bit defensively and make them beat us from the outside, and they just shot lights out,” Wesley said. “With their size, we weren’t able to give them much resistance on the glass, so they rebounded shots so easy. They got their outlet going and their fast break was just on top of us so quickly. There wasn’t much that we could do.” Overall, Michigan State made 61.8 percent of its field goal attempts on the night and out-rebounded GVSU 44-31. MSU’s Keith Appling led all scorers with 17 points, while last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year Gary Harris tacked on 15 points of his own, including 10 in the second half. For GVSU, freshman Luke Ryskamp led the way with 13 points. Sabin and freshman Trevin Alexander both chipped in with 11 points. Alexander also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

New adversaries: Senior Rob Woodson drives past MSU defender Travis Trice. GVSU trailed behind the Spartans.

“The first time I was on the court, I was really nervous,” Alexander said. “Then my teammates were like ‘just go out and play,’ and then we just started playing and things were flowing for me.” The Lakers will have plenty of time to get guys healthy and develop chemistry with the new roster. They’ll be off until Nov. 14, when the team will make its first appearance in Allendale against Hope College. “We came out and fought,” senior point guard Rob Woodson said. “The score doesn’t really show it, but I feel like we learned a lot from this game. We just gotta get better day-by-day. We should still be top in the conference for sure.” W. S O C C E R

junior setter Kaitlyn Wolters. GVSU has been on a roll since falling to Ferris State University on Oct. 1 and has won every match since in fewer than five matches. Eight of those victories came in the form of a sweep. A number of other players on the team have also stepped their game up during the run, but Aiken has been leading the charge and will be called upon more often down the stretch when the team needs a clutch play. The team will return to action in the Upper Peninsula this weekend in a pair of GLIAC matches against Northern Michigan University on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Michigan Technological University on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Know-how: Taylor Callen dribbles the ball through defenders. The Laker soccer team has broken university records being undefeated this season.

GV holds FSU to one shot in 1-0 win




or the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team, sustained success is all a part of a recipe carefully measured and tactfully prepared. Like any other recipe, a single ingredient, a single game, can make all the difference. With a 1–0 victory against Ferris State (86-2) Wednesday night, the Grand Valley State University women’s soccer team improved its record to 15-0-1, moving one game closer to the ultimate goal of a national championship. In one of their best defensive performances of the season, and that is saying something, the Lakers embargoed the Bulldogs, holding them to a single shot in the match.

The shot came in the 12 minute mark and was easily defended by GVSU senior goalkeeper Abbey Miller, as she earned her 11th solo shutout of the year. “Our defense played really well tonight,” senior defenseman Sam Decker said. “They’re old and committed, they know what works and what doesn’t and I don’t think the score tonight represented how we played, especially in the second half when we really put on the heat.” Five Lakers drew the crossbar on shots against Ferris State, but sophomore forward Katie Bounds netted the only goal of the game in minute 33 off an assist from redshirt freshman Olivia Emery. It was Bounds’ fifth of the season. The Lakers will conclude

their regular season at Friday against Lake Erie College (410-1, 4-6-1 GLIAC), just one game away from completing an undefeated regular season. “Most of us on the team don’t pay attention to the streaks,” Decker said. “For us, it’s just another game, another win to take care of. We just have to continue to take advantage of every opportunity we get.” It’s a feat that the Lakers accomplished four times between 2007 and 2011, a span in which the program garnered its first national championship and captured back-toback titles. It’s a feat that the 2013 GVSU squad is attempting to replicate, in hopes of producing an end SEE SOCCER ON A9




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“With it being the first time we played there, I think he Division II we had a good showing on National Preview the first day,” Hartigan said. hosted in Conover, “We definitely were able to N.C., served essentially as get used to the style of the a warm-up for the NCAA course on day two, which Division II National helped us finish out pretty Championships, which will good.” The duo of Hartigan also be hosted at the Rock and Shipley continued to Barn Golf Club. “It’s always nice to get to lead GVSU in day two of accustomed to a particular the tournament, as Shipley course, especially when posted a second round score nationals are going to be of 74 (+2) to finish 15th hosted there in the spring,” overall. Hartigan shortly followed as she junior Kelly finished her day Hartigan said. with a score of “That particular 75 (+3) to finish course really 16th overall. wasn’t like any “Putting out course we have I think we a good score played at before. had a good on day one of I think it will the tournament definitely benefit showing on really boosted us in the spring.” the first day. my confidence,” After day one Shipley said. of the two-day KELLY HARTIGAN “I rode out the t o u r n a m e n t , JUNIOR momentum the Lakers were from day one positioned in sixth place with a total team first round and was able to finish score of 318. Leading the strong. I was pretty satisfied way for the Lakers in round with how I finished out the one of the tournament were tournament and ultimately sophomore Gabrielle Shipley the fall season.” Staying consistent and junior Kelly Hartigan, who both posted scores of 76 throughout day two of the tournament, the Lakers (+4). BY TATE BAKER



retained their position to finish in sixth place out of the 12-team field. The freshman duo of Julia Guickan and Brittany Gielow accompanied by senior Victoria Ryan rounded out the starting five as they posted second round scores of 81 (+9), 85 (+13) and 86 (+14), respectively. “It took a day or so to get used to the course, but I thought all of us really can be happy with how we finished,” Gielow said. “This was a really hilly course, so that provided some issues, but it was definitely nice to play in nice weather for a change.” The Lakers will now go into the winter portion of their offseason with anticipation to finish out in the spring as GLIAC, regional, and potentially NCAA champions. The team will now have four months off before it’s back in action. “I really don’t think we will have to make too many changes,” Guickan said. “We had a really strong fall season. Hopefully we can focus on some minor things such as our mechanics this winter and start the spring as strong as we ended this fall.”

Club wrestling looks to make history talent and drive not only to something special in his better last year’s finish, but farewell season. “Losing in the semifinals o matter the sport, to better every other team all coaches dream it faces come time for the was tough on me, but it of fielding a team national tournament. To really gives me that little with the perfect blend of do that, the Lakers will first extra incentive to push experience and youth. Grand have to take advantage of myself as hard as I can every day,” Horr said. Valley State University club the time given “A lot of the wrestling head coach Rick to them in the guys got good Bolhuis may have found just fall—a time of workouts, that in this year’s group of competition that differs from the it athletes. Losing in the whether be lifting The Lakers are coming spring on many or learning semifinals off a fifth place finish at levels. Rather than technique over the National Collegiate was tough on the summer, Wrestling Association competing with and I think National Championships in a set lineup me... that makes the spring, and they return with full team our team goal this fall with a roster full of matches, the fall KYLE HORR of a national underclassmen with worlds season consists SENIOR of getting championship of experience. GVSU will welcome a wrestlers in shape, working very attainable this year.” All the work ethic and plethora of players back to on technique, and setting the mat this season who the best possible lineup for experience in the world competed—and won— the spring season. Laker mean nothing without matches at the national wrestlers will see a lot more talent. Thankfully for the tournament in the spring. individual action in the fall Lakers, they have plenty of The experience comes in the before the overwhelmingly that, as well. In addition to Horr, the form of young wrestlers, as team-oriented spring season Lakers have had two players the Lakers feature a roster rolls around. Competing in his fourth named to All-American bursting with freshmen and and final fall season this status, a recognition the sophomores. year is GVSU’s GVSU wrestlers are looking “We do have lone fourth-year to make a tradition.The 2011 a young team, senior wrestler All-American Bobby Tymes but we have a and captain returns to competition after bunch of guys Kyle Horr. Horr, a year of absence. who are battle...we have who earned Although the marquee tested,” Bolhuis All-American names are bound to pull their said. “A lot of a bunch of honors last weight for GVSU, the Lakers them wrestled guys who are year, narrowly believe their deep talent at the national missed out on a pool, packaged with their t o u r n a m e n t battle-tested. top three finish confidence, camaraderie and last year and in the national clinches, will be the key to a have been in RICK BOLHUIS t o u r n a m e n t , historic season. the lineup HEAD COACH succumbing “We like our team a lot,” for the better part of their first year… in his semifinal match to senior Bruce Rau said. “Our It’s kind of like a group of take fourth place. Horr, main goals are keeping who has seen the program everyone healthy and upperclassmen already.” GVSU, a member of the evolve year after year said continuing to grind it out NCWA since the 2000-2001 he believes that this year’s every day in and out of the season, believes it has the squad has a chance to do room, preparing for March.” BY ADAM KNORR




Lakers use experience as scouting trip, warm-ups for national championships

Finish strong: Grand Valley State University golfer Kelly Hartigan keeps her eyes fixed on her golf ball. The Lakers finished their season earning sixth place at the DII National Preview.


best mark across all divisions and most recently, junior midfielder Charlie Socia and Miller swept the GLIAC Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive “Athlete every bit as satisfying. “A lot of teams will be done with their of the Week” awards, as GVSU secured its season in a week, but we’ll try and extend ninth consecutive GLIAC crown. Perhaps what has distinguished the 2013 ours another month or more,” Decker said. “I’ve been to nationals three years in a row, Lakers more than anything else, however, the juniors twice in a row, the sophomores is how undistinguishable this team is on have had a taste and the freshman know the pitch. Eight Laker student-athletes have recorded four or more goals, while 11 the legacy. “I can’t say what the future will hold, have notched at least three assists. All 23 but once you’ve had a taste of being a girls on the roster play suffocating defense champion, and then a little bit more, when their number’s called. “At the beginning of the season, we all get well I couldn’t see the season ending any other way. We have the team to do it, but together and write down our team goals for the season,” Kimble said. “This way, we are all on everyone needs to be all in.” The last time GVSU went undefeated the same page and can push for our common all the way through to a national goal, holding each other accountable.” The recipe is right on cue with where championship was the first time. The 2009 Lakers notched an undefeated record of it needs to be at this point in the season, but as it is in baking, the 22-0-4 and claimed the program’s process is merely a means to first national championship title. the end. And as in soccer as The 2009 Lakers netted 88 it is in cooking, style pales goals, the second highest total in comparison to taste and in program history, and won substance. 22 consecutive games, a school ...It’s “In the general sense of the record. In 2010, GVSU failed important to process, you hope to win all to go undefeated, dropping a of your games and you hope match and finishing 21-1-2, but find a reason that you’re getting better evit raised the single-season goal to play... ery week and peaking at the record to 92 and paced a school right time, but more so than mark for shutouts in a year at 21. DAVID DILANNI to be undefeated, we need to Both squads became SOCCER COACH continue winning so we can champions. Through 16 games, hope to get one of the top two the 2013 Lakers have scored 62 goals, an average of 3.88 per game, a higher average seeds in the NCAA tournament and spend than either the 3.38 or 3.68 per game a few more weeks at home,” Dilanni said. After four games in seven days, the averages boasted by the respective 2009 and 2010 squads. The 2013 Lakers have grind of the regular season has begun also tallied a shutout in every game they’ve to take its toll. With all the requisite played this season, save one, and pending ingredients established and a likely top playoffs, could realistically set records seed in the playoffs merited, the question for goals against and scoreless games, remains—why continue the recipe every distinguishing themselves as the strongest day? “At this point in the season, it’s defensive squad in program history. “We have an experienced group of girls important to find a reason to play, to the in the back who have a strong relationship find the motivation to keep coming to with each other, and that shows on a weekly work every day,” Dilanni said. “Of course, basis,” senior defenseman Kayla Kimble said. there’s the tradition and the legacy, but to There have been plenty of notable be honest, I think we’re still looking for highlights to speak of along the way. A our reason. Our girls, they enjoy playing near single-game record 13-goal outburst for each other and enjoy playing for GVSU, against Tiffin, a 13-game shutout streak but I’m not sure that’s enough. We hope to that matched the second longest mark have our answer worth playing for by the in Division II history and the seventh end of this weekend.”

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